OATS, Inc. is pleased to announce the relocation of their Northeast Region office from Shelbina to Macon effective July 30. The new office is located at 3006 Jims Road in Macon.Â The toll-free number is still 800-654-6287, but the local phone number will be (660) 395-3041.
The OATS Northeast Region office oversees 16 counties in Missouri including: Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Warren. OATS outgrew their office in Shelbina some time ago and needed additional space for both staff and vehicles. The Northeast Region now has 12 office staff in offices in Macon, Kirksville and Troy, 103 drivers, 235 volunteers and 122 vehicles.
â€œWe will miss the fine folks of Shelbina we have worked with over the past 32 years, but look forward to the amenities Macon offers,â€ said Sheree Webb, Northeast Missouri Regional Director.Â â€œSitting on the junction of two state highways, 63 and 36, means this facility–with a break room, bus wash and maintenance shop–will be accessible to more of our drivers,â€ said Webb.
Funds to build the new Macon facility were provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and could only be used to build a transit facility. â€œWeâ€™re so pleased we were able to obtain funding for a new transit facility for our Northeast Region, said Dorothy Yeager, OATS Executive Director. â€œWeâ€™re also appreciative of the administration and oversight provided by the MO Department of Transportation. Their help in assuring compliance with the federal regulations pertaining to ARRA grants has been invaluable,â€ said Yeager.
OATS, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation providing specialized transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities and the rural general public in 87 Missouri counties. Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, the organization has a staff of over 750 employees and a fleet of 800 vehicles statewide. The home office is located in Columbia, Missouri with seven regional offices located throughout the state. OATS has grown to be one of the largest and most unique systems of its kind in the country.